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10th annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival features international musicians

By ThisIsReno

RCO/Reno Chamber OrchestraRENO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA NEWS RELEASE – The Reno Chamber Orchestra presents the tenth annual Nevada Chamber Music Festival December 26-31. The twelve Festival concerts feature renowned musicians from around the world performing the masterworks of chamber music.

Among the acclaimed musicians taking part are Festival artistic director and violist Theodore Kuchar; pianist, award-winning recording artist, and Harvard professor Robert Levin; Grammy Award-nominated violinist James Buswell; cellist Peter Wiley, onetime member of two legendary chamber ensembles, the Guarneri String Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio; the concertmasters of two of America’s finest orchestras: Martin Chalifour of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Noah Bendix-Balgley of the Pittsburgh Symphony; and, several musicians from the Reno area, including all three members of the Argenta Trio: violinist Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, cellist Dmitri Atapine, and pianist James Winn.

The Festival begins on December 26 with a concert by husband-and-wife pianists Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss. On December 27, Polonsky and cellist Peter Wiley present an all-Beethoven concert. During the following days, the Festival’s afternoon and evening performances include special lunch concerts and a piano showcase. The Festival ends the evening of December 31 with a lively New Year’s Eve celebration, followed by a post-concert dinner party at the Grand Sierra Resort. Concerts take place at South Reno United Methodist Church and the University of Nevada, Reno’s Nightingale Concert Hall.

Since it made its debut in 2004, the Nevada Chamber Music Festival has attracted increasingly large and enthusiastic audiences. One critic wrote “Kuchar’s collection of exceptional musicians playing exceptional music brought forth a collection of stellar performances worthy of any of the world’s great centers of culture,” and referred to one concert as “electrifying and edifying listening.” The Festival has won international acclaim from publications such as The Strad, a prestigious British magazine for string instrument players. Honorary Patrons for the tenth Nevada Chamber Music Festival are The Honorable Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada, and The Honorable Robert Cashell, Mayor of Reno.

Jill Winter, Reno Chamber Orchestra Board member and one of the Festival’s founders, recently wrote in the Reno Gazette-Journal, “The 10th Nevada Chamber Music Festival promises to build on the successes of prior years and to maintain its position as a premier cultural event in Northern Nevada. Every concert has included highlights and moments of soaring inspiration. This year will be no exception.”

For tickets and more information call 775-348-9413, or visit www.RenoChamberOrchestra.org.

The mission of the Reno Chamber Orchestra is to create intimate, inspirational musical experiences by engaging the community through vibrant music making by the Chamber Orchestra and chamber ensembles.